periods

11 Reasons Your Period Is Irregular That You Shouldn't Ignore

Nothing's more annoying than an irregular period. It sucks when it doesn't arrive on time, leading to days (and sometimes even weeks) of worry. And if it comes early and surprises you? Well, that's no fun either. If you have an irregular period for a…
By Carolyn Steber

This Is The Actual Reason Pad Commercials Use That Weird Blue Liquid

For anyone who's ever had menstrual products marketed to them, whether on TV, the internet, or in magazines, one particularly vexing question has always been why companies represent menstrual blood with a weird, clinical blue liquid in period product…
By JR Thorpe

Pads & Tampons Will Now Be Free For Female Inmates In Federal Prisons —Finally

Incarcerated women often get left on the fringe of the women rights’ movement, their stories and struggles (quite literally) separated from the rest of the world. Thanks to a push from senators like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, w…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

These 5 Bad Habits Are Actually Making Your Period Worse

Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled that period shame is ever-so-slightly diminishing in the West. There's so much more information out there about PMS, PMDD, and period sex than ever before. I’m also super-happy that people have more options for…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Your Period Might Be Out Of Whack This Week Thanks To The Solar Eclipse

As the Great American Eclipse slides its way across the U.S. continent, some of you may be feeling a little... off. Maybe it's because you forgot to buy eclipse glasses in time and you're going to have to use a colander like some noob, or maybe you'r…
By Madeleine Aggeler

How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Your Mental Health

Everyone's period is different, but many can agree — your menstrual cycle can definitely affect the way you feel physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 85 …
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Artist Turns Stretch Marks & Period Stains Into Whimsical, Rainbow Art

For the most part, Instagram is a place for posting well-lit selfies, fawning over pictures of sleepy puppies, and keeping up-to-date on all of your ex's activities. Occasionally however, someone uses it as a platform to share art, and make a politic…
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Tampon Nail Art Is So On Point You'll Do A Double-Take

"Stylish", "cute", and "would go great with that new dress I bought" are not generally terms one would associate with tampons, and yet Canadian-based artist Annelies Hofmeyr recently created tampon nail art that is somehow all three. The nails, which…
By Madeleine Aggeler

Do You Really Have To Get Your Period Every Month?

When I first got my period in July 2001, my mom scrambled to find pads, and my dad attempted to comfort me while I sobbed in the guest bedroom of the friend’s house where we were staying. “Well,” he said, patting me stiffly on the shoulder, “You’re a…
By Madeleine Aggeler

What To Do When It Feels Like Your Period Is Incapacitating

Ahh, the joys of being a woman! For the small price of being subject to constant harassment, unnecessary comments about our bodies, and only being paid about 77 cents on the dollar, we get to bear the world’s children and, once a month, have our horm…
By Madeleine Aggeler

Why This New Menstrual Leave Policy Is Good & Bad

“Headaches.” “Nausea.” “My body just gives up.” “Extreme mood swings.” “The worst thing someone can do is talk.” These are some of the ways the women of Culture Machine, a digital entertainment company in Mumbai, describe the first day of their peri…
By Madeleine Aggeler

The Best Foods & Drinks For Fighting PMS

We at Bustle love giving you tips for how to tap into your sexual potential and troubleshoot when things aren’t going your way in the bedroom. But what about finding solutions to those stressful women's health situations that inevitably crop up? Emma…
By Emma Kaywin

Julianne Hough Wants To Empower Women To Talk About Their Periods

Julianne Hough describes herself as "a tough cookie" repeatedly in our interview and there's certainly no denying that. The triple threat (singer, dancer, actor) is currently training for her Move Beyond live dance tour, still finds time to judge Dan…
By Martha Sorren

How To Make Your Period Less Miserable

I'm going to state the obvious here, periods are a pain — both literally and metaphorically. While there is nothing that can make your period a truly enjoyable experience, there are myriad genius products that will help make your period less miserabl…
By Brandi Neal

Seven Laws That Period-Shame Women

You don't need me to tell you that getting your period is unpleasant. American lawmakers apparently do, though, because there are a ton of laws that period shame women. So, male lawmakers, I'm talking to you, because the only men who understand how n…
By Lani Seelinger

How To Deal When Your Period Makes You Emotional

I don't know about you, but my period can definitely make me pretty emotional. Ever since I went off hormonal birth control, especially, I feel attuned to the waxing and waning of different moods that comes with each week of my cycle. And although it…
By Rachel Krantz

This New Tampon Applicator Is A Game-Changer

After I tested a bunch of alternative menstrual products for Bustle, to me, there were two clear winners: THINX period panties, and the menstrual cup. The thing is, over the year and a half since I made the switch to more sustainable period hygiene, …
By Rachel Krantz

Stop Calling Them "Feminine Hygiene Products"

I think about language a lot, so I’m always interpreting signs. Recently, in the bathroom at the gym, my eyes settled on the standard sanitation box that read, "Please Discard Feminine Hygiene Products Here." The sign caught my eye — and annoyed me. …
By Elizabeth Licorish

35 Little Ways To Save Money In 2017

It's a stressful time to be a millennial trying to plan for her future. Earlier this year, the Pew Research center Reported that millennials are having to move back in with their parents at a rate that hasn’t been seen since the 1880s. On top of that…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Things Your OB/GYN Wants You To Know

Sex education and women's health magazines cover some important topics, but there are still so many things women don't know about their vaginal and sexual health. No one knows better about these facts than your gynecologist, and there are a number of…
By Carina Wolff